Welcome to the SEEDS (Social Ecological Economic Development Studies) Sustainability Program. SEEDS creates applied research and interdisciplinary partnerships between students, faculty, staff and community partners to advance sustainability ideas, policies, and practices and create societal impacts by using the Campus as a Living Laboratory.
Sparks collaborations across disciplines and organizations, and tests solutions to sustainability challenges using our Campus as a Living Lab
Enables research collaborations and enhances capacity to find sustainability solutions
Creates opportunities for students to earn course credit, develop professional skills and experience
Supports faculty to integrate applied research and sustainability into curriculum, and provide students with impactful learning experiences

Students

The SEEDS Sustainability Program provides an applied learning experience through collaboration with faculty members, staff, and community partners.

Faculty

Are you a UBC faculty member who’d like to integrate sustainability curriculum and align applied research projects with learning outcomes? Join our extensive network of partners on campus.

Staff and Community Partners

Do you need applied research to help inform your sustainability strategy? The SEEDS Sustainability Program brings UBC faculty, staff, and community partners together.

Featured Projects

SEEDS projects address a broad range of social, ecological, and economic sustainability issues. Since the program began, over 1,000 projects have been completed through 12 different faculties and schools.

UBC Food System Project

The UBC Food System Project is a collaborative, cross-campus initiative that brings together partners from teaching and learning, operations, and research to improve food systems.

CBIRD

The Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) is the first campus-wide initiative of its kind at a Canadian university.

Climate Crisis in Urban Biodiversity

Inspiring the next generation of students to work on the interconnected global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss by co-creating student-led, inclusive, and demand-driven research.

About SEEDS

SEEDS is an internationally recognized and replicated program. Applied research projects advance social, ecological and economic sustainability through impactful community-based collaborations.

SEEDS Sustainability Library

The SEEDS Sustainability Library is a comprehensive repository of applied research and knowledge. It’s a key tool for decision makers. Open access applied research reports contribute to a body of knowledge, learning and action to ignite sustainability ideas, policies and practices, and enable the broader community to learn, apply and build on previous research.

Biodiversity
Buildings
Climate
Community
Energy
Finance
Food
Health
Land
Materials
Procurement
Transportation
Waste
Water
Wellbeing
Holly Benna, Anna Cowan, Alexandra Custeau, Monica Smith, Dani Stancer Cole Evans, Alma Mater Society SOCI 380 Buildings, Community Kerry Greer, Anthropology, Department of 2019-2020 PDF
Sophie Bragg, Tillman Dierkes, Mallory Fisher, Yucong (Candice) Ma Sara Kozicky, Office of the VPRI; Colin Moore, Student Housing and Hospitality Services; Melissa Baker, UBC Food Services PSYC 421 Community, Food, Wellbeing Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham, Arts, Faculty of 2019-2020 PDF
Alexandra Buckley, Tony Gan, Patrick Gregorowicz, Henry Xu, Mark Yang Adam Hyslop, Campus + Community Planning KIN 464 Community, Transportation, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Flavie Pelletier, Marina Melanidis, Keyon Yang, Patrick Gibeau Jeff Nulty, Building Operations Vancouver Campus; Dean Gregory, Campus + Community Planning; John Madden, Campus + Community Planning; Emma Luker, Sustainability and Engineering; Tara Moreau, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research RES 510 Biodiversity, Land, Wellbeing Leila Harris, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Ayush Kathuria, Vidushi (Sasha) Saksena, Natalia Timofeeva Gabriella Scali, Campus + Community Planning PSYC 421 Waste, Water, Wellbeing Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF
Aaron Harpaz, Arsh Hayer, EJ Carino, Koji Aiken, Philip Wirz Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Trenton Leisen, Walee Malik, Ahmad Khadhair, Michael Fan, Mark Ashamalla Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation; Danni Zhang, School of Kinesiology KIN 465 Community, Health, Wellbeing Bryna Kopelow, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
Ling Hong (Gavin) Chung, Xuning Wang, Linda Zarbafian Gabriella Scali, Campus + Community Planning PSYC 421 Waste, Water, Wellbeing Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; Geoffrey Kyle Gooderham, Arts, Faculty of; 2019-2020 PDF
Paula Becerra Celis, Christopher Chow, Reannon McGregor, Ashley Wong Alyssa Reyes, Athletics and Recreation KIN 464 Community, Health, Wellbeing Andrea Bundon, Kinesiology, School of 2019-2020 PDF
QianRu (Carol) Fan, Yanyao Huang, Siyi Lei, Yiming Liu, Nanxi Sun Gabriella Scali, Campus + Community Planning PSYC 421 Waste, Water, Wellbeing Jiaying Zhao, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability 2019-2020 PDF

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